Snail's Postcard Post

The Postcard Age II

I couldn’t sleep, so I perused “The Postcard Age: Selections from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection.” img_5975I shared some of my favorites from this pre-WWII collection back in June (see this post). Now I thought I’d share some more. Hopefully Mr. Lauder won’t sue me.

Riva, about 1900
Printed in MilanIMG_6721


Camogli, Riviera di levante  (Camogli, Italian Riviera), about 1900
Published in Oneglia, Italy, printed in Milan
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“Vol’ga (Oleg).The young warriors are riding in a vast field. They are riding from dawn till dusk.”IMG_6699“Sadko. Long live the great and free city of Novgorod!”

“These images derive from Bilibin’s illustrations for Russian folk epics. The hero of the tale of Oleg recruited peasant warriors to fight alongside aristocrats in defending Russia against Baltic invaders. Sadko, a mythical musician turned merchant, lived in the city of Novgorod, where the prince shared rule with a democratic council. Both stories glorify the role of Russian commoners in the formation of the nation, giving the cards a mild antimonarchist flavor.”

Ivan Bilibin, 1901
Published in Saint Petersburg


About 1909
Published in the United States for William J. Lemp Brewing Co.
Real photographs on card stock

“Based in Saint Louis, Lemp was one of the leading brewers in the United States around the turn of the century. Falstaff, launched in June 1899, quickly became Lemp’s leading brand.”


Luna Park, Coney Island, N.Y., about 1910
Published in New York, printed in Berlin
Die-cut color lithographs

IMG_6716IMG_6717From a series showing women in fashionable sportswear, about 1910
Melanie (Mela) Koehler
Published in Vienna


Friedrichstrasse train station.IMG_6701

Potsdamer Platz in the evening.

Walter Buhe, 1912
Published in Berlin

“These views of famous Berlin sights were meant as souvenirs for the attendees of a teachers’ conference. Buhe seems to have based his designs directly on photographic postcards of the same scenes.”
_________________________________________IMG_6718IMG_6719R.M.S. Mauretania and Aquitania, 1922
Published in the United States 

“In the 1920s, the British steamship company Cunard boasted a fleet of more than fifteen liners, but the line’s reputation rested largely on the “big three:” the Aquitania, Mauretania, and Berengaria. These postcards reproduce illustrations from brochures issued around 1922, just after the Mauretania underwent a major overhaul.”

By the way, if you’re not familiar with the shipping line’s fascinating heiress, do look up Nancy Cunard.c27652-b1_________________________________________


Published in New York; printed in Germany, 1924

IMG_6706IMG_6707IMG_6708IMG_6709Published in Salzburg, Austria, printed in Innsbruck Austria, 1920s

IMG_6712IMG_6713IMG_6714IMG_6715Rochefort wallpapers, about 1925
Published in Paris by Papiers Peints Rochefort, printed in Nancy, France
Color lithographs with metallic ink
_________________________________________IMG_6722“Magic Garden”IMG_6723IMG_6724“Eternal Paradise”IMG_6725“Flower by the Atlantic”

Manuel Mora (Brazilian, born in Portugal), 1934

“In the 1920s and 1930s, Rio de Janeiro emerged as one of the most fashionable destinations in the Americas. To appeal to the city’s increasingly international clientele, in 1934 Rio’s department of tourism commissioned a series of eight postcards, each featuring a lovely young woman of a different nationality.”

Gute nacht.
Good night.
Buenos noches.

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